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Meet Trailblazer Ariel Richardson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariel Richardson.

Ariel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been passionate about how spaces can shape our experiences and our environment since I was a kid. After high school I went on to study Interior Design and obtained a Master Degree in Interior Architecture where I was able to hone in my technical skills. Over the past 12 years, I have been honing my skills in both residential and commercial design. I am able to see a distressed space and not only envision its possibilities but convey that to my clients through 2D and 3D drawings. I spent 10 years in the bay area working for notable architects and designers before venturing out on my own.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Setting up and running a business is never easy or simple as there are so many things that happen in the background that no one ever sees. Over the past couple of years, I have struggled with wearing multiple hats and finding consultations who share my passion for design and life. Setting up a calendar and figuring out your boundaries for personal and work life is so important and for me is a constant ideal that I works towards.

Get a system in place, it might take some time to figure out what works best for you but having a project management app will save you so much time and energy in the future as well as keep you on track for your own goals and your client goals.

Client Expectations, for me, this is something that I am always working on fine-tuning. As you want to deliver quality customer service and deliverable but you don’t want to come at the cost to your personal time and well being.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about ASR Design Studio – what should we know?
I love helping Real People, with Real Spaces, and with Real Budgets through my signature Consultations and Designer For a Day services to create a game plan that is customized for each client’s lifestyle and budget.

I also love helping my designer bestie friends through my VIDA services (Virtual interior Design Assistant).

Design is my life and my passion and I love helping everyone create their ideal environment.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I think the best thing my parents could have told me a child growing up is that you can do anything you want, with a lot of hard work and little luck, your dreams can come true.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 5857 OWENS AVE STE 300, CARLSBAD, CA 92008
  • Website:
  • Phone: 510.545.9425
  • Email:
  • Instagram: asrdesignstudio
  • Facebook: asrdesignstudio
  • Twitter: asrdesignstudio

Image Credit:
Outdoor Patio: Meg Marie @meg_marie_photo
Grey Kitchen, White Sofa, Kids Play Fort: Helynn Opsina @helynn.opsina
White Kitchen with dark Island and Grey and White Bathroom: Lizzie Bell @elizabellaportrait

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